Let's be honest here. West Virginia is only, demographically speaking, 3.6 % Black. He has to recognize that his state is wildly white, and that white population is getting older and more conservative. So he is protecting his job, not democracy. Anyone who watched what the Republican Party under McConnell has done can never speak of the Republican Party as being willing to consider bipartisanship.
This says it all, including the fact that West Virginia has no cities over 100,000 and is a remarkably white and rural state.